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Fulshear in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Albert and Ethel Herzstein

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 23, 2020
1. Albert and Ethel Herzstein Marker
Inscription.  Albert H. Herzstein was born March 5, 1907, into a Jewish immigrant family in Trinidad, Colorado. The family lived in Clayton, New Mexico, and moved to Denver, Colorado, before Albert moved to Houston in 1925 and began working for a small welding company. Ethel Ann Davis was born April 13, 1896, in Fulshear, to a pioneer family. Albert and Ethel met in Houston and the pair married on September 17, 1927.

Albert's business career began when he purchased a one-third share in the welding company that eventually grew to become Big Three Industries. Albert worked his way up to Executive Vice President and Director before establishing Herzstein Investments, Inc., a subsidiary of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation established in 1965. Ethel's family was instrumental in starting the First United Methodist Church in Fulshear and after the couple attained financial success, Ethel suggested in 1979 that they gift a new sanctuary for the church in memory of their parents. After this initial gift, Albert's appreciation of the hardships of small communities further inspired the couple to create grants through their foundation
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for deserving causes including education, religion, support services for the underprivileged and the arts.

The couple was married until Ethel's death on May 6th, 1983. In recognition of his contributions, Albert, who never finished high school, received an honorary high school diploma from St. Pius High School and a doctorate from the University of St. Thomas. In 1993, Albert was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Columbus Foundation of Ohio. He ran the foundation and real estate business until he died at age 90 on March 16, 1997.
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18521.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 29° 41.948′ N, 95° 54.554′ W. Marker is in Fulshear, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker can be reached from Wallis Street south of Main Street (Farm to Market Road 359). Marker is located near the back of the Fulshear Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fulshear TX 77441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fulshear Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church Fulshear (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fulshear Black Cemetery
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Gravesite image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 23, 2020
2. Albert and Ethel Herzstein Gravesite
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Town of Fulshear (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pittsville (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pleasant Hill Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Simonton School (approx. 4 miles away); Randon & Pennington Grant of 1824 (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fulshear.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 196 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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Dec. 10, 2023